Rapid Access Ice Drilling

The Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID) will drill a borehole through deep Antarctic ice, and core into the glacial bed and bedrock below. This new technology will provide a critical first look at the interface between major ice caps and their subglacial geology.

In December 2016, the first drill designed to search for a scientifically useful sample of ice that is at least 1.5 million years old began its work. It is part of a broader effort to locate the best place to extract a core containing Earth’s oldest ice, which would help to reveal how climate has shaped the planet’s past and how to predict future fluctuations.

Wheeler Power Systems was able to provide the gen sets to power the endeavor.


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